A small group of men were playing dice outside a bar in Olney on Wednesday night when two gunmen emerged from an alley and began shooting, killing one person and wounding four, Philadelphia police said Thursday.
The shots rang out just before 10 p.m. on the 5500 block of Rising Sun Avenue, outside Banana’s Bar & Lounge. Police said that after firing on the outdoor dice game, one of the men carjacked an SUV from a woman waiting for food nearby.
Authorities said he drove her vehicle for three miles, slammed it into a parked car at the intersection of Fisher Avenue and Water Street in Kensington, and then fled.
Police said one victim was a 46-year-old man who was shot multiple times in the torso and later died at Albert Einstein Medical Center. They did not release his name.
A 27-year-old shot once in the arm and once in the leg was hospitalized in critical condition. The three other shooting victims, who were men ages 27, 28, and 32, were hospitalized in stable condition at Einstein.
No one has been arrested in connection with the shooting, and no weapons were recovered from either scenes, police said. Few signs of the attack remained outside the bar Thursday morning, save for two spent shell casings resting in a puddle of water and spatters of blood on the sidewalk.
The quintuple shooting was one of two shootings that wounded multiple people overnight in North Philadelphia.
Police said that just before 4 a.m. on the 2200 block of Seybert Street, three men were wounded by gunfire in the street. A 36-year-old who was shot three times in the legs was hospitalized in critical condition at Temple University Hospital.
The two other victims — a 41-year-old shot in the leg and a 63-year-old hit in the foot — were hospitalized in stable condition, police said.
No one was arrested in connection with the incident.
More than 1,300 people have been shot in Philadelphia so far this year.
According to police statistics, 329 have been killed, a 26% increase compared with the same time last year. The city is on pace to see more killings this year than in 1990, the deadliest year on record, when 500 people were slain.